A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has put off till further date, its ruling on the application brought by the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.
Chief Metuh had approached the court to protest the alleged abuse of his fundamental human rights by various federal agencies in the ongoing case of alleged fraud and money laundering levelled against him.
Metuh is facing a seven-count charge of money laundering brought against him and has been in the custody of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since his arrest on January 5, 2016.
The application, which was against the Attorney General of the Federation (first respondent), the EFCC, (second respondent), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, third Respondents), the Inspector General of Police, (fourth respondent), and Nigeria Immigration Service, (fifth respondent) sought to ensure the enforcement of his fundamental human rights, alleged to have been breached.
Metuh’s counsel, Olagoke Fakunle, prayed the court to make an order compelling the respondents to stay all actions that might negate his client’s interest.
But counsel to the second respondent, Cosmos Ugu, prayed the court to refuse the application, stressing that the time for its hearing was not yet due, since the respondents were still within time to file their reply briefs.
Justice Okon Abang agreed with Mr. Ugwu and ruled that the matter was not ripe for hearing.
He added that the order requested by Fakunle based on order four rule two of the rights rule could not be allowed in the interim, but that since all parties to the case were present when the matter was raised by Metuh’s counsel, he (Mr. Abang) would follow up and act accordingly if he becomes aware of any abuse of Metuh’s rights.
He adjourned the case to January 25.